Daniil Kvyat: “The safety cars didn’t like me at all today”

by Paul Hensby

Daniil Kvyat felt he was unfortunate to be caught out by the safety car not once but twice in Singapore, as he dropped from fourth to sixth through no fault of his own.

The Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver was running a comfortable fourth before the first safety car, on the tail of Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, but pitted just before the Virtual Safety Car was deployed that allowed both Mercedes drivers to pit and gain time on the Russian to drop him to sixth.

When the actual safety car was deployed for a second time, Kvyat lost a position to the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, but due to the fact he was fighting a more powerful engine down the straights, he was unable to overtake the Finn on track.

“I was unlucky with the timing of the Safety Car as I pitted a lap before it came out,” said Kvyat. “It seemed the Safety Cars didn’t like me at all today, it must be something personal! But that’s life.

“That worked against us and it wasn’t a good race for me, but we couldn’t have done anything else. I lost two places to Mercedes after the first stop and a place to Bottas after the second one.

“After that, I was always in traffic behind cars that were a tiny bit faster down the straights, which was just enough for me to be unable to pass. On the plus side, we kept it on the track and scored some points.

“The team did a very good job this weekend and the car worked very well. 8 points is the maximum we could have got with all that bad luck. My time will come. Our car has always worked well in the corners, so our team’s result here is not so surprising.” 

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